Kranjska Gora expects record participation at European Snow event
Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 15, 2017 – Kransjka Gora, the winter resort in the Julian Alps, is gearing up to host a record number of participating nations in the 2017 CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour from March 18-19.
Teams from as many as eight countries have signed up to compete in the tournament.
“Snow volleyball has been present in Slovenia for some years now,” Slovenia national federation president Metod Ropret said at the media briefing today. “We feel this sport has potential and its growth in Europe and around the world cannot be overlooked. That is why we decided to raise the profile of this event at the continental level. We want to follow the direction that the CEV and the FIVB are setting.”
Slovenia will be fielding in two pairs in the men’s tournament, and while this will be their first participation in this year’s CEV European Tour, Tadej Bozenk/Danijel Pokersnik played in the snow volleyball season opener in Iran, where they fell just short of advancing to the semifinals.
“We were really close to making the semifinals in Iran, but in the end Poland’s Michal Matyja/Piotr Janiak were the ones who progressed to the battle for the medals,” Bozenk said. “We feel it is payback time this weekend here in Slovenia.”
“The quality of the teams that are coming to Kranjska Gora is really high, which guarantees an interesting tournament and a bunch of good matches,” Pokersnik added. “We hope we will be able to play on a high level and that would be enough to qualify for the final matches. We will have to focus on every point and not make many mistakes. This is the key.”
Aleksander Tepic/Gasper Plahutnik will play in the men’s main draw in Kranjska Gora, after receiving a wild card from the organisers.
“My partner Aleks and I decided to finish our indoor careers and focus on beach volleyball and snow volleyball in the future, as there are a lot of similarities between these two sports,” said Plahutnik, who won last year’s snow volleyball tournament in Kranjska Gora with partner Nejc Zemljak. “It will be Aleks’ first time on the snow, but I am sure he will manage it just fine.”
A snow volleyball Kids Day will be held on Friday, March 17, with over 120 children expected to attend and get acquainted with the attractive winter discipline.
Visit snowvolleyball.at and the CEV's dedicated pages for more information.